Thursday, June 11, 2020

iCloud Backups Deleted After 180 Days

Adam Engst:

I had no idea that Apple deleted iCloud backups after 180 days, and a quick poll in the TidBITS Slack channel showed that it wasn’t common knowledge among other TidBITS staffers and contributing editors.


It’s not quite as hidden as the plans for demolishing Arthur Dent’s house in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But the effect is roughly the same if you were planning on restoring from your iCloud backup, only to discover that Apple had deleted it, with the only warning being in support documents you’ve never read.

Update (2020-06-22): Christina Warren:

I didn’t know about this limit. I really wish Apple would allow users to download their iCloud device backups to a Mac. It could still be fully encrypted but this would be much better for users.


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